Isaac Hayes in Prospect Park (Celebrate Brooklyn), NYC – pics
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Isaac Hayes co-wrote “Soul Man” and “Hold On I’m Comin'” for Sam & Dave. He played the Duke in Escape From New York. He recorded a ten-minute disco-funk epic about threesomes. He headlined the 1972 Wattstax festival wearing a vest made out of chains. He showed up on “I Can’t Go to Sleep,” one of the most hallucinatory songs in Wu-Tang Clan history, basically playing Ghostface’s conscience. He wrote the euphoric “Theme From Shaft” and won an Oscar for it, becoming the first-ever black non-actor to win one. In the early 70s, he routinely turned Burt Bacharach pop standards into unrecognizable woozy endless psych-funk odysseys, which then became hits. At an age when most of his peers were either dead or fading away on the nostalgia circuit, he accepted a voice-actor role on a gleefully offensive cartoon about kids made from construction-paper cutouts, playing a character that spoofed his sexed-out persona, and he scored one of his biggest-ever international hits in character. Basically, Isaac Hayes is one of the most unfadeable badasses in pop-music history, and so it was an unpleasant shock to see that a stagehand had to help him to the stage at the Prospect Park bandshell last night.
Hayes suffered from a stroke a couple of years ago, and since then he’s cancelled a bunch of shows and given a bunch of rambling and incoherent interviews, so I feared the worst from his live show… [Status Ain’t Hood]
Status Ain’t Hood’s review is a good one. Definitely finish reading it.
Isaac Hayes may not be on the top of his game anymore, but it was still a great few hours. The highlight was watching (and listening to) Isaac lead his band in “Theme From Shaft” in front of thousands of people. People were packed inside the fence, and spread out far all around the park outside it. The weather was great and the concert was finished by 10 which meant plenty of time to get to Love is All at Cake Shop (which I didn’t actually do, but I kind of wanted to). More of Kyle’s pictures below…..